Hulu’s 2019 Upfronts were held on May 1 and while there were plenty of exciting new show announcements, the one we’re especially interested in are the two live-action series birthed from the streaming giant’s partnership with Marvel: Marvel’s Ghost Rider and Marvel’s Helstrom.
Hulu CEO Randy Freer gave insight on what to expect from the two new series and what they would be about, explaining that “together, [Hulu and Marvel] are journeying into a different corner of the Marvel universe: thrillers.
Kicking off these shows is one of Marvel’s signature characters, Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider roams border towns, exacting justice on those who do harm. Following Ghost Rider will be Helstrom, based on two of Marvel’s most complex characters, the children of Satan.”
Freer went on to say that “these two new live-action shows join the four animated series , and an animated special, that are already on deck in our partnership with Marvel.” Those four animated series are MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck.
With Freer’s comments serving as one of the key pieces of new information about the upcoming Ghost Rider series as our entry point, let’s take a look at what else we know about this upcoming Hulu series.
Remind Me: Who Is Ghost Rider on Hulu?
As is the case with numerous comic book characters, the mantle of “Ghost Rider” has been taken up by a few men over the course of the character’s comics history. Most of us are familiar with [Jonathon “Johnny Blaze” Barton](https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/JohnathonBlaze(Earth-616), the original Ghost Rider whose story was brought to the big screen in the 2007 Nicolas Cage-led Ghost Rider.
There is also Robbie Reyes, who will star in Hulu’s upcoming series. In the comics, Robbie is a mechanic living in East Los Angeles, trying to make a living while bearing witness to crime in his neighborhood. Looking to earn enough money to move himself and his younger brother, Gabe, out of their dangerous environment, Robbie enters a street race with a $50,000 prize. Unbeknownst to him, the car is possessed by a demonic spirit. Robbie believes he’s being chased by the police during the race and instead, discovers he’s being run down by a gang who kills him. The spirit transfers itself from the car to Robbie’s body as he lays dying, turning him into the Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter bound to roam the streets and bring in criminals.
Ghost Rider’s powers are plentiful, including superhuman strength, speed, and durability; pyrokinesis; using his car to create portals, teleport, or communicate with the dead; and demonic transformation, which includes his head turning into a flaming skull.
When Will Ghost Rider Be Released on Hulu?
No official release date has been confirmed for Ghost Rider. However, it’s unlikely that this series will get on its feet anytime soon, let alone premiere. Our best guess? The Ghost Rider release date will be sometime in mid- to late 2020. We reached out to Hulu to ask more about a premiere date and will update this tory when that information is released.
When Will Production on Ghost Rider Begin?
With no release date officially confirmed, it’s tough to predict when production will begin. As a general rule of thumb, production on a TV show takes a few months, depending on the episode order, production demands, scheduling, and so forth. With this in mind, once we know the official premiere date, we will be able to better guess production date by going back a few months.
If Hulu aims to debut the series sometime in 2020 (which is our earliest and most logical guess), then additional casting for the series would continue throughout Summer 2019 and production could begin in Fall or Winter 2019.
We reached out to Hulu to ask more about its production timeline and will update this tory when that information is released.
Who’s Been Cast in Ghost Rider?
According to IndieWire, Gabriel Luna will return as Robbie Reyes, a.k.a. Ghost Rider, the role he originated on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back in 2016. Luna posted about bringing the Ghost Rider story to Hulu on his Instagram on Wednesday, May 1, writing, “It’s an honor to ride again with @Marvel and our new partner @Hulu! To all y’all that have made calls for this show over the past 2 years, Thank you! Your voices were heard. Die and Ride.”
It’s unclear if Luna will make any final appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but given that this character will now be transitioning over to Hulu and taking on a life of its own, there will probably be no crossovers or future appearances on the ABC show.
No other casting announcements have been made at this time.
What Is The Plot of Ghost Rider?
Per the press release from Hulu’s 2019 upfronts, the story of Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider will continue in a darker, more thriller-like vein: “Marvel’s Ghost Rider, also known as Robbie Reyes, is a quintessential antihero, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. Reyes lives on the Texas/Mexico border and when he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles to control the power he wields.”
In theory, Robbie’s appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could be considered expositional, but it also stands to reason that, with Hulu’s Ghost Rider series going into darker territory there will be a deeper dive into Robbie’s origin story. With Robbie as the lead, expect to see his younger brother, Gabe Reyes, and demonic spirit “Eli” (a.k.a. Elias Morrow in the mix.
Is There a Trailer For Ghost Rider?
There is no trailer for Ghost Rider yet, nor are there any photos from any part of the production process available to give fans an idea about what this show will look or feel like.
Expect a trailer to be released about three months ahead of Ghost Rider’s premiere date and promotional stills to be released around this time, too. Don’t discount the power of Twitter or Instagram, either, which will likely become ground zero for behind-the-scenes photos from the set and the cast.
How Can I Watch Ghost Rider?
Ghost Rider will only be available to watch on Hulu when it eventually debuts. There is no word yet on whether it will become available through other platforms, but given the fact that it’s a Hulu Original, there’s no danger of it leaving the streaming giant once it debuts.